Spring 2  Term 2021

Welcome back to a new term in Reception.

Mrs Goodall and Mrs Broadbent will both be here to assist you this term as we start a new topic.

Our Topic this term is…

Heroes and Villains

We will be finding out if villains can also be heroes as we enjoy reading some of our favourite fairy tales.

Your teacher is Mrs Goodall


You will also meet….

Mrs Broadbent

We are both here to help and welcome you and to ensure your experience in Reception is the best it can be. Please speak to any of our staff if you have any questions or worries.

Useful Information

  • Children can choose to be indoors or outdoors throughout the day. It is important that they always bring a coat so that they can play out when they want to.

  • Please ensure that all clothing is named.

  • Be prepared – children will take part in some messy activities. We do provide aprons but sometimes clothes do get dirty.

  • Children can go to the toilet as and when they need to go, but accidents do sometimes happen- we have spare clothes for such incidents.

  • (any donations of knickers and undies would be welcomed)

All children have their own coat peg and drawer. Please encourage your child to find their peg by looking for their name and then they will know where to find their coat when they need it. 

Children can put any work to go home in their drawer, to collect at the end of the day.

What will children learn?

The children will learn our big question

How can I be a positive member of my class?

This will involve learning to be a good friend to others, always being ready to  learn and being respectful of their surroundings.

The children will learn to look after the classroom, putting things back in the correct place when they have used them, putting lids on pens and glue sticks and taking care with items such as books.  Tidying is important and we teach the children that it is every ones job. If we all work together it does not take as long.


This term we will be learning about subtraction. The children will be learning to count backwards, finding the difference between 2 groups and physically taking numbers away to find a remainder. Our topic will also accommodate learning about size and comparing objects for size.

Literacy, Communication and Language


This term the children will develop their writing skills to include some of the common exception words they have been learning.

They will start to write captions, lists and short sentences. We will start to see children to using the skills they have learnt for reading and use them for writing. Children will still be encouraged to write emergently(play writing) as this gives them a confidence to have a go!  We also encourage children to read their writing to the teacher so that it gives meaning to what they have written.

This term there will be lots of opportunities for the children to write their own simple stories and make their own books.


Language, speaking and listening

The children are taking part in regular circle time sessions, where they learn to listen to others. The rules are that only one person can speak at a time and good listening means you look at the person who is speaking. The children are getting better at sitting still with tidy hands and crossed legs. We are practising speaking in sentences, often with everyone repeating the same sentence stem, so that less confident children have a model to follow and then everyone can join in.

You can help at home by repeating what children say but in a full sentence and correcting any errors. In this way children will recognise correct speech and will have lots of good role models.

Out topic this term is: Heroes and Villains

The children will find out if villains can also be heroes. They will learn to describe a character and say what they think about them and how they make them feel. We will focus on traditional tales and fairy stories such as The Big Pancake, Jack and the Beanstalk and  The 3 Little pigs.

The children will learn to know the sequence of a traditional story and learn new language. They will read and listen to lots of fairy stories and traditional tales. They will start to use story language such as Once upon a time and happily ever after in their play and in their own emergent writing. They will start to retell stories using time language and the order of the story. The children will use their imagination and their own experiences to describe different characters in stories.

There will be lots of opportunities for acting out different stories as well as using puppets, dolls and masks to pretend.

Special Events this Term

    • Pancake Day     The children will learn the meaning of Shrove Tuesday and simply understand the meaning of Lent. We will enjoy some pancakes and enjoy the stories The big Pancake and Mr Wolf’s Pancake.

    • Mothers Day     The children will think about the special relationship between themselves and their mother(carer) and give thanks for all the things they do. We will be making mothers day cards and gifts.

    • Easter     The children will learn a simple version of the Easter story and celebrate what happened at Easter. We will sing Easter songs, try Easter foods and make Easter cards. We will also have a Easter Egg hunt and possibly a visit from the Easter Bunny



Thankyou to the parents who have been listening to their children read at home. Evidence shows that it does make a huge difference with the development of children’s reading skills.

At school the children are becoming more skillful at telling a story using the pictures. They are getting used to answering questions about a story they have read and also making predictions about an unfamiliar story. Children are being introduced to new vocabulary related to reading. We talk about the title, the author and the illustrator of a book and we discuss simple differences between fiction and non-fiction texts.

The image below shows the characters in the Oxford Reading Tree books that we use. The children will learn to recognise the characters and their names

Once they are confident they will move onto books with words. At this stage they will get word cards to practice at home. As the year progresses the children will learn more words. The table below shows the words we expect them to know by the end of the reception year.


Our Read Write Inc sessions are now well under way and the children have been taught all the set 1 sounds in the chart below.

They now have the skills to blend letter sounds we have learnt to make simple CVC words such as pin and sad and some children are already starting to hear the individual sounds in the words. When we break words down into individual sounds we call it fred talk and the children use their Freddy fingers to discriminate between the sounds. At home you can encourage your child to Fred talk simple words so that they become used to listening for the sounds. Also Playing I spy with my little eye is a good way to introduce initial sounds.